Bible Passage: Jeremiah 32:6-26
In their “prophetic acts” the prophets speak with artful, transformative, “visible words”—inspired, dramatic non-verbal communication. Rarely were these acts destructive or widely disruptive. Such an act is “a poetic, sacramental gesture” and “makes an assault on presently construed reality, and stakes out a power-laden expectation for the future that works in the imagination of the observing community” (Brueggemann). At God’s behest, Jeremiah makes an investment of radical hope: buying property in Jerusalem during the Babylonian siege. Why? “For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: Houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land.” What are we investing in that’s an expression of hope against hope?